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MERSEYSIDE EXPANDING HORIZONS LIMITED

(MEH)

description of organisation

MEH brings together Merseyside based voluntary, private and public sector agencies to promote and generate multi agency and cross sector working around key issues relevant to social inclusion. This is on a local, regional, national and European level. The organisation is recognised by many public and voluntary sector bodies as a key influence in promoting social inclusion on Merseyside. MEH Core Values are:
• INCLUSION: We recognise that everyone has something to contribute, embracing their individual talents and skills and empowering them to reach their potential.
• INTEGRITY: We attempt trustworthy and competent in the work that we do, so that people have justifiable confidence in us.
• INSPIRATION: We aspire to lead, empower and enable people to break new ground, pioneering improvement in social inclusion
• COLLABORATION: We develop and work within partnerships which build on everyone’s strengths and engage in open dialogue in pursuit of positive social change.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons Ltd (MEH) is an established voluntary and community sector organ-isation working in the field of social inclusion on Merseyside and is a key stakeholder and influential support body. MEH focus on Social Inclusion through partnership to deliver projects supporting dis-advantaged individuals into employment, training and self-employment and social enterprise de-velopment through a wide range of informal learning methodologies. MEH deliver services to ts and support a range of excluded groups. MEH are adaptable and are present at both strategic and grassroots level. MEH has established links with associates, public sector organisations and decision makers working within youth and adult education supporting a number of regional initiatives to support excluded individuals into learning and the labour market

At EU and local level, MEH has a wealth of experience in supporting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate fully in society through learning. We have experience of running volunteer mentoring programmes which support members of the community including ethnic minorities, men, people with mental health problems to develop their skills and competence in employment and self-employment. We have led a variety of programmes over the last 12 years supporting excluded individuals to reach their potential in the labor market, most recently a training course sup-porting older learners, people with mental health and migrant women to develop skills knowledge and competencies to move towards business startup and self-employment.
MEH have strong experience in transnational project working - experience includes
• Youth exchange
• Projects on gender quality and diversity,
• Mentoring programmes,
• Engaging disadvantaged young people, social inclusion, informal learning,
• Supporting Refugees and migrants
• Training and validation for disadvantaged learners
• Career guidance and counselling.
We have developed strong EU partnerships and have experience of developing and adapting inno-vative learning programmes and associated materials We have led and been involved in pro-grammes designed to empower people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through learning including specialist tailored support for women, older people, migrants, BME communities, health, mental health and disability.
MEH currently employs 7 core members of staff, within a structure that includes operational and financial management, development, delivery and administration. Staff member have expert experience in EU project and financial management and delivery in various fields such as; non-formal/ informal learning, mentoring, employability and training. Staff members are Prince 2 project management practitioners (www.prince2.com) and PTTLS (City & Guilds Preparing to teach in the life-long learning Sector) trained MEH also has 6 associated members of staff who we employ on a pro-ect basis who are skilled in teaching, training, entrepreneurship, community development, evaluation and research.

Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has a physical environment suitable for young people with physical, sensory or other disabilities (such as wheelchair access and similar.
  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.
  • Other experience, infrastructure and resources:

    MEH is involved in an exciting an Erasmus+ KA3 project as a sending organisation : ACT, Youth in movement, Strand 2 - Large-scale volunteering project which aims to involve young people with fewer opportunities in 6 month volunteering placements supporting migrants and refugees abroad (Greece and Italy). MEH is recruiting, training and sending 15 young people from the UK to our partner countries. Moreover, MEH is leading the WP2 aiming to develop a training for youth workers who prepare volunteers committing in a volunteering project abroad before departure and on arrival. This experience makes MEH aware of the different responsibilities of all the parties involved as well as the challenges the organisations face when selecting, training and mentoring volunteers. MEH team is constituted of experienced youth workers, trainers and 1 psychologist. Anna Bellan has worked at MEH for 4 years and is a qualified trainer and youth worker with a strong background in mentoring and managing non formal training programmes targeting disadvantaged youth including Deaf and disabled, ethnic minorities, mental health and long term unemployed. Furthermore, Anna fluently speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish, this can support volunteers in their communication difficulties. She will mentor EVS volunteers to support their ongoing learning process and their wellbeing. Stacey Robinson is a psychologist. Stacey has worked at MEH for 5 years and has a vast experience in mentoring young people, especially those socially excluded. MEH is made up of core team of 6 staff who have experience in transnational working and in fields such as, non-formal and informal learning, targeting disadvantaged communities, disengaged youth, community cohesion, equality and diversity, mentoring and cooperate with several associates with expertise in evaluation and research. Our motivation to carry out the project is based on our core values, experience and activities above. MEH is committed to delivering projects that has benefit for the youth sector, youth and local communities and to support young people with fewer opportunities whilst enhancing the work experience of youth workers through high quality mobility opportunities. The EVS accreditation will ensure we can continue to develop mobility opportunities for those active in the youth field. Furthermore, by working with other Organisations, we strongly believe we will enrich organisations’ ways of working, developing thus a better quality partnership for the future. The EVS volunteers will offer new ideas and energies to MEH and at the same time they will improve their soft skills, such as self confidence, team work abilities, inter-cultural competences, linguistic skills and learn good practices which will raise their employability.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles
Social obstacles